Doodle Quest is an insanely clever, creative game that breaks the bounds of the standard feature sets of 80% of kid games out there. It encapsulates a great combination of memory, spacial awareness, and creativity which I love watching my kids develop.
The theme is deep sea exploration. You play through six quest cards with associated missions each game. Each round, you place a quest card in the middle of the table and make sure everyone understands what the mission is. Each player then has a transparent card in front of them used to complete the mission. For example, if you’re supposed to swim through a tight lane of fish, you look at the quest card and draw your way through the lane on your transparent card without crossing the barriers. Then each player overlays his or her card onto the quest card to see how they did! Scoring is based on how well you complete the quest.
Our kids have been obsessed with Doodle Quest! They absolutely light up whenever they get a bonus star fish point. It’s also a challenge for them. They don’t get it perfect every time and need to learn to keep trying and show some grit and tenacity. I love that. Many kids games are barely a challenge and push the “everyone always wins” mantra more than I prefer. This has become a go-to game for the kids to get out when they have friends or cousins over. It’s also a challenge for kids and adults alike as there are more difficult modes of play. Honestly, Doodle Quest would be a fun one for a cheap, at-home date night with your significant other! Challenge each other and have some prize for the winner.
I remember the first time playing Doodle Quest with the kids and how it magnified certain strengths and…not-so-strengths. =-) Our six-year-old boy, who isn’t as careful when it comes to drawing and coloring, was all over the place at first. He tends to be quick to act and not as methodical about things like this. With time and encouragement, he focused and did great. At the same time, our three-year-old girl was so adorably careful with her lines and drawings. It was so fun watching her scrunch her face and bite her tongue while carefully drawing the lines.
Overall, I give Doodle Quest a solid 8 for its cleverness, uniqueness, and how well it hones in and enhances certain skillsets in our kids.
Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.